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Roberto Mancini is no longer Italy coach. Luciano Spalletti is one of the candidates targeted to replace him. However, when he left Napoli, Spalletti signed a clause prohibiting him from signing up with any team for at least a year. This would entail the payment of a fee.
“The clause binds Napoli and Spalletti, no one else. It is therefore not forbidden for a club or federation interested in hiring the coach to subrogate itself to the coach, by paying the amount. Spalletti is master of his own destiny. If he joins a club rather than a federation, this sum is due. The clause was intended to compensate Napoli if Spalletti did not keep his promise to stay for a year, with a view to a rival club. No one,” he concludes, “thought of a federation. And the FIGC has never paid a club for a coach. That’s the political hurdle to clear,” said Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassini.